Ariel Fox, University of Chicago

Assistant Professor Chicago, Illinois arielfox@uchicago.edu Office: (773) 702-7030

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Bio/Research

My work explores the intersection of literary and economic imaginaries in late imperial China. I am particularly interested in the ways in which literary genres helped late imperial audiences understand and negotiate an emergent global economy. My dissertation focused on a group of playwrights ac...

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Bio/Research

My work explores the intersection of literary and economic imaginaries in late imperial China. I am particularly interested in the ways in which literary genres helped late imperial audiences understand and negotiate an emergent global economy. My dissertation focused on a group of playwrights active in mid-seventeenth century Suzhou whose plays map the moral and affective terrains of an increasingly monetized and commercialized society. In my current book project, tentatively titled Commercial Acts: Money, Merchants, and Markets in Late Imperial Chinese Drama, I expand on this work by examining how the performance of commerce both on and off the seventeenth-century stage made possible the imagination of new loci of power outside of the imperial state.

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